CARO Projects

Since its beginnings in 2000, CARO has contributed to the following initiatives:

  • Support for the salaries of child care workers at the Leaganul de Copii (Children’s State Orphanage) Medias, Romania.
  • Equipment and child development teaching tools for Leaganul de Copii (Children’s State Orphanage) and children in and around Medias.
  • Pilot project to fund the salary costs of a child Psychologist in conjunction with CARITAS Romania Confederation. Caritas Romania Confedaration is a member of Caritas Internationalis, one of the world’s largest humanitarian networks.
  • Funding of basic food, clothing and shelter for approximately 200 children at the Tega-Wende Orphanage in Yako, Burkina Faso, West Africa.
  • Funding of soap making equipment in Yako, West Africa for the sale of soap to help fund the orphanage.
  • Abode of Mother in India – a home for parentless youth.
  • Coordination and facilitation of professional support to assist child care workers in other countries and of speakers in Canada about the plight and circumstances of all children in the World. 
  • Funding for local Medicine Hat, Alberta schools nutrition programs.

In addition, CARO is proud to host the Annual Allan Hunt Memorial Speaker Series. Allan Hunt was a founding member of CARO and was committed to being an active global citizen. As such, CARO aims to honor Allan’s memory annually through the Allan Hunt Memorial Speaker Series which brings in engaging speakers to discuss a variety of issues and also brings our community together in conversation.

Dr. Michael Duggan

Dr. Michael Duggan

On November 22, 2013 the guest speaker was  Dr. Michael Duggan a former Medicine Hat resident and Professor of Theology at St. Mary’s University College in Calgary, AB. Dr. Duggan is passionate about educating and informing Canadians about the broader world and believes that in order to survive we need to learn from and work with the vulnerable people in our world. His talk “The Courage of Children”  focused on the fact that children are the most vulnerable people in our world. Yet, children are often the ones who are inciting essential change. One such example is Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old girl from Pakistan who recently won the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

Dr. Duggan’s talk discussed why we need to regain the instincts of children to practice compassion even as we experience our vulnerability. As the effects of globalization bring us all closer together, we can learn from the courage of children like Malala to be more compassionate and tolerant of the differences of others by becoming global citizens and develop welcoming, inclusive communities.